David Christian Marzialo died peacefully at his home in Missoula, Montana on September 29, 2016. He was born on December 25, 1946 in Boston, Massachusetts, the first child of Dr. Nicholas and Mary H. Marzialo.
He grew up in central Connecticut, graduating from Marianapolis Preparatory School in 1964, and then attending St. Francis College in Maine. He left St. Francis to join the Marine Corps from which he retired in 1993, with the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant.
During his life-long military career he served in the Marine Air Corps in Japan, the Philippines, and as off-shore support for troops in Viet Nam, for which his unit was awarded Meritorious Unit Citation by the Republic of Viet Nam. During his service he was also awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Naval Aircrew Insignia, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and Meritorious Mast.
In 1980, he married Pamela Hammond while stationed in southern California, where they continued to live until moving to Missoula in 1996. Pamela was his best friend, soul mate, and confidant whom he never stopped loving.
After family, friends, and the Marine Corps, Dave loved Missoula. He was fiercely loyal, patriotic, unfailingly polite, always anxious to be helpful, and always upbeat.
Dave was predeceased by his wife, Pamela, his father, Dr. Nicholas A. Marzialo, his mother, Mary H. Marzialo, his sister, Susan Marzialo, and his brother, Richard Marzialo.
He is survived by his siblings: Nikki, her husband Ken and their children Zachary and Susan; Michael, his wife Linda and their children Nicholas and Lin; Peter and his wife Brenda; Mary, her husband Michael and their children Michaela and Sam; Marc, his wife Jodie and their children Sophia and Dalila; Adeline, her husband Kurt and their children Mary and Marc.
Services will be held in Connecticut at a date to be determined by David’s family. Burial will be in Missoula, MT, beside his loving wife.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Missoula, 800 Kensington Ave., Missoula, MT 59801. Sunset Memorial Funeral Home of Missoula is assisting with arrangements. Condolences for David’s family may be left at www.sunsetfuneralhomecemetery.com